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CONVERSION GUIDE FOR LEVELED TEXTS
Developmental
Category
Grade
Level
Letter
Level
Numeric
Level
Lexile
Level
EMERGENTKA1 
B2
C3,4200-400
EMERGENT/
EARLY
K/1D5,6
E7,8
EARLY1F9,10
G11,12
H13,14
I15,16
EARLY/
FLUENT
2J18300-600
K20
L24
M28
FLUENT3N30500-800
O34
P38
4Q40600-900
R40
5S44700-1000
T44
U50
6V60700-1000
W60800-1050
X60
ADVANCED FLUENT7Y70850-1100
8Z80900-1150
8+Z+901000-1200

 

MATCHING ELL TEXTS TO STUDENT LANGUAGE-ACQUISITION LEVELS
ELL Text LevelGrade 3 StudentsGrade 4 StudentsGrade 5 StudentsGrades 6-8 StudentsGrades 9-12 Students
1TESOL*1 • WIDA**1
2TESOL 2 • WIDA 2TESOL 1 • WIDA 1
3TESOL 3 • WIDA 3TESOL 2 • WIDA 2
4TESOL 4 • WIDA 4-5TESOL 3 • WIDA 3TESOL 2 • WIDA 2
Literacy Leveled TextsTESOL 5 • WIDA 6TESOL 4-5 • WIDA 4-6TESOL 3-5 • WIDA 3-6
 

*TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)

**WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment)

 

The Gradient of Text Difficulty

At Benchmark Education Company, we recognize that any gradient is fallible because a book’s level of difficulty will vary among districts and schools, and from student to student. We recommend that teachers make careful decisions in selecting leveled texts for students and consider the student’s current literacy behaviors and his/her prior knowledge of the content being presented.

If prior knowledge of the topic is a limitation, the designated reading level of the text may need to be altered. We encourage teachers to confer with one another as they establish a schoolwide book room and develop a sensitivity to appropriate text levels for their school population.

Please note that the grade levels assigned to letter and number levels on this chart reflect ideal expectations only. Students’ actual reading levels may vary more widely.